Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers — and falls in love with — struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
Initial release: August 31, 2018
Director: Bradley Cooper
Adapted from: A Star Is Born
Screenplay: Bradley Cooper, Eric Roth
Production companies: Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Peters Entertainment, Live Nation Productions, LLC
The countdown begins for the inauguration of the 66th edition of the San Sebastian Festival and some of its sections begin to be completed, as is the case of Pearls, which brings together some of the best titles that have passed through other international competitions and from which One of the most beloved awards, the City of Donostia Public Award.
We already knew that the new works by Jafar Panahi, Pawel Pawlikowski and the Spanish ones ‘Petra’ and ‘One more day alive’ would be present. New titles are now added, such as the Jacques Audiard western ‘The Sister Brothers’, the’ biopic ‘of Damien Chazelle’ First Man ‘on astronaut Neil Armstrong or the new Oscar-winning Alfonso Cuarón, who returns to his origins with’ Rome ‘In addition,’ Ash Is Purest White ‘, by Chinese Jia Zangke,’ Blackkklansman ‘(Infiltrated in the KKKLAN), by Spike Lee, the controversial’ Capernaum ‘, by Nadie Labaki (beloved as well as hated), the Colombian’ Summer Birds’ by Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego and the Japanese animation film ‘Mirai, my little sister’, by Mamoru Hosoda. Finally, a surprise: the new version of ‘Has born a star’, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, will be responsible for closing the section.
Convinced by Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper accepted the invitation to the Tribeca International Film Festival to talk about his career and his new job as director: a new version of the superstar “A Star is Born”, which opens on October 5 in United States and that before will go through the Venice festival and that will close the Perlak section in the San Sebastian. It is the first time that the interpreter sits behind the cameras, and he does it in a work that, in addition, has demanded a great effort as an actor and that has led him to share the limelight with Lady Gaga.
Q – Why did you decide to cross over to the other side of the camera and become a film director?
A – I have had the honor of working with incredible directors such as David O’Russell, Clint Eastwood and Todd Phillips, but it would never have occurred to me to direct any of those films in which I was. Even so, I’ve always wanted to do something different from acting, I’ve always had that obsession to tell a story and think about how to film it.
Q – And why have you chosen to make a new version of «A Star is Born»? The story had already become a classic with Barbra Streisand …
A – Actually, Clint Eastwood was going to be the director. We thought we would film her together, but then I thought I was too young and I did not think I could be the right person. It was something I could not get out of my head. I spent my time imagining the movie in my head and dreamed about it continuously. Also, people got tired of telling me that I had to direct because they heard me talk about that possibility. He knew he had to do it, even if he failed in the attempt. I knew I had to try at least. And he ended up charming me.
P – He premieres as a director in a film where music is fundamental
A – If there’s something you can not hide in, it’s in the music, singing. For me, the best way to express love is with music and I knew that if I could get it, in a certain way I could become very, very special. It took me a long time to edit this film that was supposed to be released in May and will finally be released in October. I hope to continue directing cinema because I really love it.
Q – How long did it take to film this movie?
A – In total, the shooting took us 42 days; but the preparation lasted three years.
Q – Is Lady Gaga better than Barbra Streisand?
A – I have to say that Lady Gaga was a complete revelation. I do not want to tell too much either, because I’m afraid that people hate the movie, but I loved it. I really loved it. From the beginning, she was the one who told me that she wanted to trust me to offer a totally honest performance, because she had never worked in cinema before. And he told me: «I’m going to become a real musician, because I want to sing all the songs live».
Q – And what did he say?
A: Of course, I refused at first, but she insisted that it was the only way I would work. He told me: “I can not stand when I see a movie that has music and I realize that it is programmed and that people are just moving their lips.” And he’s right I panicked, but I totally trusted her.
Q – And has he managed to turn him into a true musician?
And we say so, because we already take for granted that all Spaniards have been born, born by the best of all independentista houses, separatists, anti system and wholesale electricians, the man who is levitating, with a frigid smile on his face and the chin lifted. ZP was a moving being, but without secrets, on the other hand, the Moncloa occupies a smile and keeps a baggage of what he calls “new politics” in his pocket
Obviously, all this, for the press and the media, is pecata minuta before the great scandal of the Master of Married. That is, the increases for successions, companies, autonomous, light, the rate of the DNI and passport, diesel, along with the increase of three ministries with its long list of attached charges, the fall in economic growth, which all the socialist executive of Ferraz is already placed with more than brilliant salaries, all this does not deserve any media attention. It is only part of the price to pay for placing, without voting, a cocky Moncloa.
We are approaching, dangerously, the “so much” as long as there can be “another one of shrimp”. And we swallow everything that this occupies us, including creating an institute to place his proud wife in it. Wonderful government action. Not only has he installed the forgetful Lopez in Paradores, but within two months of entering the Moncloa he has allowed a star to be born, named Begoña. A star that, boasting, announces that it requests leave of absence in its previous position of work, insinuating that it pretends to attend better the commitments of its husband president. However, after two days she is appointed to hold an important position created ex novo, conduct that is at least suspicious. And if above, as we read, was captured by their good curriculum and their degrees and masters, and these turn out not to be official, we enter the field of the politically sinful. And, when asked for explanations, they let you know that it is a private issue, and that lies behind another lie. ZP’s wife was almost kicked out by the lions for agreeing to sing in the RTVE choir, and if Rajoy’s wife, discretion with skirts, had done something similar, she would burn at the stake. But as now it is about the blessed socialists, the socialist morals, the socialist ethics, the immaculate socialists, sepulchral silence and TVp, before E, in the most absolute silence, is not something that people find out. Mutism and take a hand to slaughter with the motivated statement of the judge in the subject Master of Married. An exposition solely motivated by the Judge’s inquisition, author not of a judicial instruction but of a prospection in search of crime and delinquent. I am eager to see how many minutes the television of the podemite Rosa Mª Mateo will dedicate to the archive of the Supreme Court. Surely he will comply with Allende’s claim when he affirmed that “the supreme duty of the leftist journalist is not to serve the truth, but the revolution.”
Churchill was wrong when he mentioned that socialism had the virtue of distributing misery; among the conservatives without a doubt, but among their own it prorates riches. And he does it without need of Master’s degrees, or Bachelor’s degrees, or Doctorates, it is enough to be a friend or acquaintance or creditor of Sánchez. The list goes from Susana Díaz to Oscar Puente, going through Elena Valenciano, without forgetting the same one. And all will pass without explanation, without Ferreras, another embedded in the Master of Married, devote a thousandth of a second to the birth of the star named Begoña and their circumstances. This is the country that we have had to live by the grace of the parturient parents who, without knowing it, have given birth to twins, that is, two stars. A male and a female, because of the equality of the sexes, I suppose. Apparently the ERC did not use, at the time, stellar «condon.cat», essential for the act. Confident, the boys.